One-off house builders must register as lobbyists

The 'developers' could face two years in jail if they fail to disclose backing from local politicians

30th August, 2015

People planning to build a one-off house will have to register as a lobbyist if they want to get the support of their local councillor or TD. If they fail to publicly disclose the lobbying of their local politician to back their planning application, they could face fines or two years’ imprisonment.

Any lobbying of public officials taking place after Tuesday must be submitted to a publicly searchable online register before January 21, with...

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